Innovative Skills for Clinical Practice with Youth

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April 11

5:30pm - 8:30pm


This interactive workshop offers strategies for clinical techniques and skills that are evidence-based, but also capture and hold the interest of youth. It builds from Innovative Skills to Support Well-being and Resiliency in Youth (Oxford University Press, 2017) and specifically addresses experiential therapy, mind-body therapy, and mindfulness.

Students will engage in a succinct overview of each clinical skill and evidence that supports it. Clear examples and demonstration of techniques will be provided to ensure students have the knowledge needed for implementation. Students can expect to be active learners, engaged in trying out strategies as they are taught, and role-play strategies with a peer to gain more skills.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply clinical techniques to support youth resilience and well-being.
  • Choose appropriate techniques for use with current or future youth clients.
  • Teach appropriate techniques to interns and students who work with youth.

This course offers 3 CE hours

One session
Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
DU Campus

Cost: $125
Discounts (use code when registering):
DU Affiliates (alumni, faculty, staff): 10% off - code: CPDGSSW10
Students: 15% off – code: CPDGSSW15

Julie Anne Laser-Maira is both a practitioner and professor of experiential therapy. She researches the efficacy of experiential therapy in hopes of increasing its stature as a mainstream clinical intervention for children, youth, families and couples. Laser-Maira has nearly 30 years of clinical social work experience, with half of those years employed as a school social worker in both urban and rural school districts. She continues to maintain a small private practice with couples, families, children, youth and clinical supervision. She coordinates the children and youth curriculum and the School Social Work Certificate at University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work.

Nicole Nicotera is both a practitioner and professor of mind body social work practice. She is also trained in the use of experiential therapies with youth, family-youth groups, and couples. She is the coordinator of the clinical skills training and the mind body courses for the MSW program and also teaches mixed methods research for the doctoral program at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. She is an active community engaged scholar and collaborates with community agencies to conduct research on their programs and help them use the results of that research to create stronger programs.